Our relationship with Adalah

Dear Supporter,
 

Adalah Justice Project was founded in 2017 as the outgrowth of Adalah’s US Program, an initiative that began in 2014 to identify the avenues and targets for strategic advocacy in the United States.

Our advocacy priorities are developed in partnership with our sister-organization Adalah, a leading Palestinian legal center and human rights organization that uses Israeli legal channels to protect the rights of Palestinians.

Adalah Justice Project also works closely with partners across social justice movements in the United States to identify shared human rights concernsand coalesce around common messaging, campaigns and goals.

Adalah Justice Project translates Adalah’s legal efforts and analysis for American audiences, and develops joint-advocacy strategies with communities in the US challenging shared systems of oppression and state violence.

Our priorities are organized under two themes of work: Centering Equality andReclaiming Land.

These themes encompass the current, strategic priorities of Adalah, which include:

The challenges ahead are daunting, but we are making huge strides in building a stronger US movement for Palestinian rights.

We hear over and over from our partners in Palestine/Israel that their hope comes from abroad, from organizations and individuals who disrupt the status quo.

Adalah Justice Project is proud to be part of this movement  to realize justice for all. 

Thank you for joining us.

 

With love and solidarity,

Sandra and Izzy

Adalah Justice Project in the New York Times

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Adalah Justice Project (AJP)  is grounded in the lived experience of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

However, our work has a much wider focus viewed through a lens that helps us understand injustice against all Palestinians and against oppressed people everywhere.

On this 43rd anniversary of Land Day and the one-year anniversary of Gaza’s Great March of Return, we are reminded that return to the land is the unified vision of the Palestinian people. We believe that the Palestinian people are one, joined in the same anti-colonial struggle from Susiya to Umm Al-Hiran, from Khan Younis to Khalil, from Haifa to Houston.
 

The New York Times Magazine published an article yesterday titled, “How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics” by Nathan Thrall. In the comprehensive article, AJP co-founder and former director, Nadia Ben-Youssef, says, “Our whole theory of change can be distilled as de-exceptionalizing Israel-Palestine. I don’t want more Palestinian rights activists. I want more human rights defenders.

At AJP, we believe that to “de-exceptionalize” Palestine/Israel is to embed Palestinian rights into existing U.S. progressive discourse, policy and practice.

This approach stands apart from a tendency to separate the Palestinian struggle from other movements for social justice, or to characterize Israel as a wholly unique historical and legal regime.

De-exceptionalizing Palestine/Israel represents a commitment to joint struggle, intersectional analysis, personal and political accountability, and the principled pursuit of human rights.

Will you join us to imagine Palestine after liberation?

Will you join us to realize equality, freedom and justice for all?
 

With love and solidarity,
Sandra Tamari
Acting Director, Adalah Justice Project

The Great Return March is a Freedom Struggle

On March 30th, 2018 -- marking the 42nd commemoration of Land Day -- Palestinian refugees in the occupied Gaza Strip mobilized a mass march with the demand of returning to the villages they were expelled from in 1948. Men, women, and children gathered in unity under the banner of freedom and justice. These freedom-seeking people courageously marched to the Israeli-imposed separation barriers, braving Israeli snipers and walking under clouds of smoke and tear gas.  


This past year, I’ve watched online week after week as Israeli forces have killed young men, women, and children -- among them paramedics, teachers, students, and journalists. To date, Israel has killed 250 precious lives who were taken for protesting for the rights that I take advantage of everyday - to live in a world where I have access to clean water, electricity, and the ability to move freely.


One of those lost was a young journalist who I worked with briefly during the beginning the Great March of Return. At the time, I was working with a group of journalists in Gaza to bring stories from Gaza to English-speaking audiences. Yaser Murtaja, a young, optimistic man with hopes to one day leave Gaza and share the story of his people with the world through his journalism and filmmaking, was killed on April 6th, 2018. The moment I found out Yaser was killed is an experience that will be forever be stained into my memory. I was speaking to a crowd at a New York City-protest  for Gaza when my good friend rushed into my arms, crying, to tell me, “They killed Yaser.” My heartbroken friend grew up with Yaser in Gaza and considered him like a brother. Since then many stories of family members, friends, and colleagues losing their loved ones to senseless Israeli violence have become weekly headlines.

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviewing Ahmed Abu Artema and AFSC's Jehad Abusalim at The Peoples Forum in NYC on March 14.

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviewing Ahmed Abu Artema and AFSC's Jehad Abusalim at The Peoples Forum in NYC on March 14.

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It’s almost been a year, and the Great Return March continues. Last week, I had the honor of organizing an event in New York City with one of the key figures who helped inspire the march. Ahmed Abu Artema, a poet, journalist, and activist who traveled to the United States with the help of the American Friends Service Committee.  Ahmed shared a stage with Amy Goodman in a packed event hosted by The People’s Forum. It was there that Ahmed made a humble appeal to the audience saying,  “Let us struggle to make this world better by supporting the people who struggle for freedom and justice.”

Across the ocean in Geneva, Soheir Asaad, the International Advocacy Coordinator of our sister organization, Adalah Legal Center,  spoke to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling out Israel for its culture of impunity. Adalah has been working tirelessly to hold Israel accountable for their human rights violations through strategic litigation in the Israeli courts, in international bodies, and with advocacy efforts like the work of Adalah Justice Project in the United States.


We at Adalah Justice Project have made a commitment to struggle to make this world better for all-- and we hope you join us. We all have a role to play, and we must come together to realize justice from Standing Rock to Palestine, from Brazil to Sudan.

May we all gain courage and inspiration from those who rise up in the freedom struggle and show us the path toward a liberatory future.
 

Much love,

Izzy Mustafa
Communications & Campaign Strategist
Adalah Justice Project